Pathways to Housing PA ends homelessness one person at a time by providing homes, restoring health and reclaiming lives for chronically homeless, severely disabled individuals in Philadelphia. Four walls don't make a home. That's why Pathways to Hous... Read more
Pathways to Housing PA ends homelessness one person at a time by providing homes, restoring health and reclaiming lives for chronically homeless, severely disabled individuals in Philadelphia. Four walls don't make a home. That's why Pathways to Housing PA created the Philadelphia Furniture Bank to turn empty apartments into welcoming homes by providing free furniture to families in need.
The Housing First model is simple: provide housing first, and then combine that housing with supportive treatment services in the areas of mental and physical health, substance abuse, education, and employment. Housing is provided in apartments scattered throughout the city of Philadelphia. This "scattered site" model fosters a sense of home and self-determination, and it helps speed the reintegration of Pathways clients into the community. Our goal is for people to become part of the community, and not just live in the community.
Volunteering at the Pathways to Housing PA Philadelphia Furniture Bank (PFB) was an ideal experience for me. As an intern to Pathways, I had heard many times of the Furniture Bank, but had never visited it. My first time visiting PFB was as a volunteer. As someone interested in ending homelessness, I longed to hear the experiences of the homeless and previously homeless. Volunteering at PFB gave me this opportunity in an environment that was safe, productive, and enjoyable. Volunteering at PFB is a great way for anyone to give back to the community.
Philadelphia Furniture Bank is a wonderful place to volunteer. Between the staff, clients, and volunteers there is an overwhelming amount of positive energy around the warehouse. Many of the staff are formerly homeless participants from Pathways to Housing PA who take pride in giving back to families who may not have a dinner table to eat meals at, beds to sleep in, or any furniture whatsoever. As a personal shopper volunteer at the Philadelphia Furniture Bank, I helped clients pick out quality and donated furniture that would work for their family's home. Love this place!